Meet Our Teachers
Becky began her yoga journey over 9 years ago after the birth of her first child. Having an athletic background, she quickly took to the physical part of yoga, but was surprised by the mental and emotional transformation yoga provided her.
Becky completed her 200 RYT certification through the DwiPada Yoga Teacher Training Program while living in Memphis TN. Recently moving to SHREVEPORT with her husband and two kids, Becky feels honored to continue empowering others by strengthening their physical bodies and cultivating inner awareness. She believes in spreading positive vibes in every class she teaches. She encourages students to connect mindful breath to powerful movement, and set intentions that affect positive growth on and off the mat. Come to class prepared to smile and sweat!
James Osborne is trying to find some answers to the complexities of our world and yoga has become a comrade on this quest. He finally has learned how to breath, move so he won't hurt himself, and discovered a community of friends who want to celebrate this connection. Every day that he practices yoga he learns something. It's humbling, exciting, motivating, and he can't wait to share this experience with you. He is approaching his fourth year of teaching and wants to infuse the energy, creativity, and patience that his teachers have shared with him.
Yoga, the Arts, and his loved ones are the transformative powers that
Like many fitness enthusiasts, Chessi was initially drawn to yoga for its physical benefits of strength, balance and flexibility. A RYT-200 Yoga Alliance instructor, Chessi teaches a dynamic vinyasa flow with the intention of creating a moving meditation. It is her aim as a yoga teacher to encourage her students to become body-aware, to establish a relationship with their breath, and to develop a compassionate and joyful attitude towards themselves and the world around them.
Elizabeth has been a grateful student of yoga for over 15 years. She brings a strong focus on alignment from her study with master Iyengar teacher Karin O’Bannon, flow and breath-work from training with YogaWork’s Chrissy Carter, and a humor, openness and enthusiasm that are all her own! Elizabeth is an E-RYT 200-hour instructor with over 1,000 teaching hours.
Harriet Stone Evans
Harriet was introduced to yoga by her ballet teacher, Paul Coates ,in 1979. She has studied many disciplines of hatha yoga- among them Ashtanga, Anusara and Kundalini. Her perception of yoga was completely changed when she began the practice of Iyengar Yoga with the late Karin O’Bannon. Karin was her teacher and mentor for six years. Harriet completed two years of Iyengar teacher training and apprenticeship with Karin and is committed to continuing the Iyengar tradition in Shreveport. She believes that Iyengar is to yoga as ballet is to dance- its firm and sound foundation.
Stephanie was drawn to the practice of yoga in 2012. Experiencing the advantages of mindfulness, breath, and flexibility on the mat, encouraged her to focus on incorporating all aspects of yoga into her daily life and career as a high school teacher. The physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits motivated Stephanie to share her passion for yoga with others.
She became a Yoga Alliance, RYT-200 in March of 2015 through Ally Ford. She is drawn to teaching beginners and enjoys focusing on strength and balance in her daily practice. Stephanie acknowledges that a yoga practice is something that changes and shifts over time to accommodate one’s body and mind. She fosters this awareness in her own practice and nurtures it in the practice of her students. Stephanie is dedicated and always seeking new ways to become a better yoga student and teacher. She has attended workshops with Melanie Fawer, Kino MacGregor, and Doug Swenson.
Erin has been regularly practicing yoga for 6 years. She spent over 20 years dancing, and easily transitioned into yoga with her love for stretching. Wanting to incorporate yoga into her daily routine in hopes of one day teaching, Erin enrolled in the Ally Ford Teacher Training at Explore Yoga in 2013. After receiving her 200 hour RYT, she now helps to spread the amazing benefits of breathing, movement, and stretching to the Ark-La-Tex community.
Liana Hardcastle is an RYT200, with an emphasis on Hatha and Viniyoga and a 95 hour certified children's yoga instructor. She received her yoga education in Austin, TX at Yoga Yoga studying with Gary Kraftsow and his students. She was introduced to yoga at a young age and has, in the past few years, integrated the practices in her daily life as a consistent method of healing from anxiety. Her style of teaching puts a focus on the physical and mental functionality of the poses and the day to day application of yoga as a holistic practice.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Shreveport and have been in practice since 2008. I am also a 200 hour certified RYT. I completed my Ally Ford Training in March 2015. My yoga practice first began April, 11 2011 when Explore Yoga opened its doors. I have been an active yogi ever since. For me yoga is truly about mind, body and spirit. I cherish my time on the mat. It has enhanced my life in many ways, but mainly it has helped to bring a new found passion for living a healthier life mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. When I am not practicing yoga, I love to salsa dance and volunteer within the community. I love helping others and feel very fortunate to do so both with yoga and counseling.
Born in Japan, Jamie, along with her family, relocated to Illinois early in her life. As her family continued to move for her father’s work, it sparked her innate curiosity about people and life. She was first introduced to yoga and meditation at age 22, when she had an undeniable urge to attend yoga classes while at LSUS. After finishing her degree and starting a family, she continued to make yoga a larger part of her life. Practicing Ashtanga and meditation daily, she began teaching yoga to students of all ages in 2016.
Jamie has made yoga and meditation her life and continues to expand upon that: teaching mindfulness, breathing and meditation to children and teens. She believes sensitivity, intuition, and insight can be found through our connection with the world and our greatest teacher is the one within.
Jamie lives in Shreveport where her son, Sage, attends A C Steere Elementary. She is excited, humbled, and honored by the opportunity to spread her love of yoga and is grateful for all her teachers and students.
Roan is a Licensed Professional Counselor who introduces mindfulness
and anxiety-reduction into yoga groups and personal clients. After living and training in Houston for three years, he has returned to Shreveport to continue his passion of combining yoga and mental health. Roan was licensed through YogaFit in 2014, as a trauma-informed yoga therapist in 2017, and spent years striving to teach and learn as much as possible.
Using mindfulness, breathing, and yoga as part of counseling those with anxiety and trauma, Roan works to continue to strengthen modern, evidence-based, plans for positive changes. Roan has presents workshops to both yoga instructors and therapists, with a goal of bringing their worlds closer together.
For referrals, I work well with those who have trauma, anxiety issues, social anxiety, have back/neck issues (vertebrae fused together), or clients who may need chair yoga instead.
Cynthia was born and raised in South Carolina. She attended medical school In India immediately after high school graduation at the age of 17. After the sudden loss of her mother, she returned home and took a break from medical school. Cynthia discovered yoga in 2013 at the Chopra Center enabling her to get through one of the toughest times of her life. She returned to India to complete medical school and moved to New York in 2015. Cynthia completed her 200 hour RYT training at The Center for Wellness and Integrative Medicine in Roslyn, NY in 2017. She is passionate about combining both medicine and yoga to help others heal because she has experienced the benefits personally. Cynthia is in Shreveport currently completing her residency at LSU-HSC.
Chelsea began her yoga journey in 2008 while pursuing an Accounting degree from Louisiana Tech University. 10 years later she is still a student of the practice. Chelsea loves to break down the techniques of mindful movement and how these principles can be applied to everyday life. Her mission as a yoga instructor is to encourage students to live intentionally both on and off the mat. From simple meditation and philosophy to anatomy and strength building asanas, you can expect a little bit of everything from her classes.
Haritha is a RYT-200 Yoga Alliance instructor. She was born in India and grew up on the East Coast until she began her career in the military. She fell in love with yoga while stationed in the south. She moved to the local area at the end of 2019 and is excited to continue her yoga journey at Breathe. She hopes to encourage students to truly invest in their own self-care with classes that provide a unique blend of eastern and western tradition.
Claire was born in Shreveport and fitness has been her passion for as long as she can remember. She loves to help students and clients achieve their personal fitness goals through fun, challenging never boring workouts. She has her bachelors degree in psychology and has been teaching classes for 10 years and personal training for 8. IN her spare time she enjoys being with her family, and taking her two beautiful girls on walks to the park.
Savanna was born and raised in Baton Rouge. She is a graduate from Baton Rouge with a degree in Dietetics and in a registered Dietician for Eat Fit Shreveport. With over 4 years of experience teaching group exercise she combines aspects of her favorite workouts to each EGO class. Her goal is to help strengthen your body and also engage your mind to transform you to your healthiest and happiest self. In her free time she enjoys walking her golden retriever, Stella, and traveling with her husband.
A Shreveport native, Frances began her journey after the birth of her second child in 2014 and completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2019. A lifelong student, Frances loves exploring asanas and the sensations they create within the body and mind. Her goal in each class is cultivating the mind-body connection by linking breath and movement.
Jessica Hunter Rivera
Jessica was born and raised in Shreveport and took her first yoga class freshman year of college in New York City, as her “gym” requirement. She was instantly moved by it, feeling, for the first time, an integration of mind, breath, body, and spirit. Jessica has been practicing ever since and has lived in New York, New Orleans, and San Diego. She is also an artist and musician and believes in the importance of finding positive outlets of expression for the pressures of modern life. Jessica has completed her 200 hour Hatha certification at Natures Whisper in San Diego. Jessica moved to North Carolina in 2020 but tries to make and appearance at the studio on he visits back to Shreveport.
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